Decorating your dorm on a budget

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One of the most exciting parts about living on your own is the ability to decorate your place any way you want. That is, until you realize how expensive everything actually is. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways you can decorate your dorm with- out breaking the bank. Here are five of them:

1. Compare prices

When you begin decorating your dorm, it is easy to just get all of your items from one place but the best thing you can do is to look at a lot of different places and see which has the best price. Although it may take a bit longer, it will save you money in the long-run. Some retailers with reasonably priced dorm items include: Target, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Kohl’s.

2. Re-use your old decorations

Since you will be living in a dorm, your current room will not need to stay in the same state it has always been in. It’s easy to look around your bedroom and take some things down from the walls to bring to your dorm. This will save you money and time, it will also be easy since the things in your room are already your style.

3. Always check second-hand shops

Some people are not down to shop at second-hand shops like GoodWill, The Salvation Army, and The Pink Elephant which is located in downtown Elmhurst. However, there are many cool things you can find there for cheap such as furniture and desk decor. With a good cleaning, the items will be ready to use in your dorm room.

4. Split Costs

If you have one or more roommates, it’s good to talk to them and see what their ideas are for decorating the place. If you all agree, then you can all chip in on some decorations and it will cost a lot less for each person.

5. DIY

This is the most important trick, because there are many websites like Pinterest that will suggest ways to create your own decorations for your dorm. This is a cheap and easy way to get cute decorations.